We’ve finally found the ultimate way to reheat pizza and that’s in the air fryer! Stop trying to revive day-old pizza in the microwave and learn how to reheat pizza in the air fryer.
If you have an air fryer, there’s no need to use any other method again for reheating day old pizza. The air fryer not only crisps the bottom crust, but perfectly reinvigorates the toppings as it heats the slice through. When it comes out, it’s just as good as it was the first day.
How do you reheat pizza in the air fryer from refrigerated leftovers? It’s as simple as placing a few slices in the air fryer basket and setting it for 3-4 minutes. Voila, perfectly reheated pizza.
We love to make homemade pizza like this Buffalo Chicken Pizza. No more soggy leftover pizza!
Why Use the Air Fryer?
In case you’re wondering, we’ve tried all the methods of reheating pizza – from the oven to the microwave to a pan on the stovetop. The oven works fine, but it takes forever to preheat and seems like overkill for reheating just a few slices.
The microwave is fast, but it leaves the crust soggy. A pan on the stovetop gets a nice crispy crust, but the toppings don’t get sizzley – the way we like it.
That’s why that best way is to use the air fryer. The circulating air combined with the small space in the basket allow you to perfectly reheat a couple of slices of pizza very quickly, and it crisps the crust at the same time as it’s heating up the toppings.
How to Reheat Pizza in the Air Fryer
The process is super simple. There’s no need for preheating. There’s no need to put anything down in the air fryer basket, like tin foil or parchment paper. The food isn’t in the fryer long enough to stick.
Place two slices of pizza in the air fryer basket, making sure they don’t overlap. Cook on 350° F for 3-4 minutes. I find that 3 minutes is perfect for a thin crust, and 4 minutes is perfect for a thicker crust.
Thicker pizza may need slightly longer, while thinner pizza may need slightly less time. Check at the 3 minute mark to gauge if it’s done or not.
As soon as it’s bubbly and sizzling on top, it’s ready to take out. If you leave it for too long, it might become dry and a little burned, so after 3 minutes do keep a good eye on it.
Do I Need to Use Oil?
It’s not necessary to use any oil when reheating pizza slices in the air fryer. As is typical with pizza, it has enough of its own grease to keep the toppings from getting dry. The grease in the crust will help it crisp up again without oil.
If your basket has lost its non-stick and things tend to stick on it, you can spray the basket before adding the slices to prevent sticking.
Should I Preheat the Air Fryer?
I never preheat my air fryer. Some models do require it, but most do not. The best benefit of the air fryer is not needing to preheat it. Just put your food in and cook per the time in the recipe.
Tips for Reheating Leftover Pizza in the Air Fryer
- If you have a basket air fryer, you will only be able to fit in about 2 slices of pizza at a time, depending on the size of your air fryer. Don’t try to stack them or the cheese will stick them together.
- You might want to use a parchment paper round in the bottom of the basket to prevent sticking and burning of cheese, though I’ve found this isn’t really necessary. The crust gets crispier without anything in the bottom of the pan.
- If you have a larger oven-style air fryer, you can re-heat as many slices as you want, as long as they fit on the tray without touching.
- Air fryer temperatures can vary depending on the make and model, so always check your food for doneness and adjust the cooking time as needed.
- Don’t try to pick the pizza out of the hot basket with your hands. Always use tongs to get the pizza out so you don’t burn yourself.
OUR FAVORITE AIR FRYER
COSORI PRO LE 5-QT AIR FRYER
There are a lot of features to love about this air fryer, but top of our list are the tempered glass display, super easy to clean basket, and ability to add shake reminders.
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- 2 slices refrigerated leftover pizza
- Place two slices of pizza in the air fryer basket, making sure they don’t overlap. Cook on 350° F for 3-4 minutes. Thicker pizza may need slightly longer, while thinner pizza may need slightly less time. Check at the 3 minute mark to gauge if it’s done or not.
All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.
What Oil & Oil Sprayer is Best for the Air Fryer?
The biggest issue most air fryer lovers face is finding the right oil and oil sprayer to use on food cooked in the air fryer. A fine mist of oil will help the entire piece of food crisp evenly, so it’s very important.
My personal preference is to use canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. I use both a refillable spray bottle like the Evo one pictured below and non-propellant extra virgin olive oil, which has not harmful aerosols or chemicals.
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Laura spends a lot of her time cooking and creating recipes to share. She loves traveling and learning about new foods around the world to bring into her own recipes at home.